'Volksbank Gifhorn' by Stephan Braunfels Architekten; photo by Olaf Mahlstedt
Having won the competition in 2009, the Berlin-based practice Stephan Braunfels Architekten have recently completed the new financial and services centre building for Volksbank Gifhorn bank. Located in the east of Lower Saxony in the town of Gifhorn, the 1.700-square-meter structure is composed from two, diagonally positioned to each other buildings. Characterised by a minimalist, exposed concrete walls, red brick facade and offset windows which trim the opposite edges of each building, the development echoes the archetypal form of the gabled house. (more…)
Sarpi Border Checkpoint in Georgia, Photographers: Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Beka Pkhakadze
November 2011 marks the completion of Sarpi Border Checkpoint. Designed by J. MAYER H. architects the customs checkpoint is situated at the Georgian border to Turkey, at the shore of the Black Sea. With its cantilevering terraces, the tower is used as a viewing platform, with multiple levels overlooking the water and the steep part of the coastline. In addition to the regular customs facilities, the structure also houses a cafeteria, staff rooms and a conference room. The building welcomes visitors to Georgia, representing the progressive upsurge of the country.